IRiS, University of Sheffield


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Socio-digital worlds (IRiS) addresses the ways in which dimensions of social and technological worlds interact in economic, political, social, and cultural life. The development of digital services is interacting with broader social change often subsumed in terms such as Information Society, Knowledge Economy and Digital Culture. The complexity of these developments is pushing the demand for interdisciplinary research to address new, hybrid, and established socio-technical forms in cultural context. The Centre currently is focusing on 3 cross cutting themes with 4 vertical themes that cut through the cross cutting themes. These themes are considered in terms of social participation and social computing, which is a core focus of the centre.

Cross cutting themes:

  • Digital Regions
  • Green issues and Digital environments
  • Security, authentication and Digital Services

Vertical themes:

  • Telecare and Telehealth
  • Cultural and Creative Industries and cultural engagement
  • Ethical ICT and Young People
  • Learning, skills and employment



The IRiS centre is led by Dr Bridgette Wessels, of the Department of Sociological Studies.
Telephone: 0114 22 26416